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Evidence of significant impact on school readiness

Independent, evidence based research shows that EasyPeasy significantly improves parent engagement and children’s early developmental outcomes

Impact Across Our Community

Together we’re making a big impact in the early years

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Learning through play at home

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Learning through Play in the classroom

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Promoting EasyPeasy to parents through their own EasyPeasy Pods

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Sent to parents to encourage and inspire more playful interactions

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Shared by parents and practitioners through EasyPeasy

The way young children and adults respond to each other has a major influence on developing brain circuits and a large range of competencies and behaviours. That interaction is critical for healthy development.

If you turn that scientific concept into a strategy for how to raise children, the answer comes up in one simple word: 'play'.

-Jack P. Shonkoff,

M.D, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Playful Parenting

We believe in the power of learning through play to give every child the best possible start in life, and we know that parents are the key to unlocking it. EasyPeasy’s proven impact comes through successfully helping parents spend more quality time playing and interacting with their children.

 

Professor Kathy Sylva from the University of Oxford commented that EasyPeasy “increased the school readiness of children” by helping them to develop “grit” and the skills required to persist with tasks. Watch the video for more about the Bournemouth research.

What our community say

“A lot of my remit is around school readiness and are we preparing our children for school and so many of the games on EasyPeasy do help with these areas. Helping children to become independent and encouraging them to talk, and so all these skills children need for school come through on the EasyPeasy games”

Tracy Fardell

Practitioner

“EasyPeasy really has increased the school readiness of these children - to be active learners who seek new skills, ideas, relationships and peers, and who have the confidence to tackle challenges, and move on in development”

Kathy Sylva

Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Oxford

“EasyPeasy is having a positive impact both parents and children.”

Sir Peter Lampl

Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, and the Sutton Trust

Randomised Controlled Trial Evidence

We are committed to evaluating our impact. EasyPeasy has been independently evaluated in Randomised Controlled Trials by the University of Oxford and Durham University. Findings from these studies show that learning through play with EasyPeasy for 10 weeks or more has impact across two specific areas:

Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Skills

Children who played EasyPeasy with their parents developed key skills like concentration, confidence, and determination more rapidly than their peers

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Cognitive Self Regulation

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Emotional Self Regulation

(Source: Bournemouth study, Education Endowment Foundation study )

Language & Communication

Children who played EasyPeasy with their parents developed key skills like listening, following directions, and speaking more quickly than their peers, all key influences on helping children expand their vocabulary

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Word Structure

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Concepts & Following Directions

(Source: Education Endowment Foundation study )

The size of the effect of EasyPeasy on these skill areas has been translated into ‘months of additional progress’ using the Education Endowment Foundations published framework.

Parenting style & home learning environment

Parents who played EasyPeasy with their children became more responsive and interactive with their children, and were able to make improvements to their home environment that benefited their children’s development

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Language stimulation

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Academic stimulation

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Confidence & consistency

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Learning materials

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Responsivity

0.66

Modelling

0.72

Variety of activities & interactions stimulation

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Parental interaction

(Source: Bournemouth study, Education Endowment Foundation study )

These results are expressed as effect sizes, a simple and recognised way of quantifying differences between two groups.

Evidence Explained

In Randomised Controlled Trials, to generate an Effect Size and translate it into ‘months progress’ for children, researchers first look at the size of the difference in outcomes between a Intervention group and a Control group. In our case, the Intervention group are parents and children who played with EasyPeasy. The Control group are parents and children from the same area and with similar backgrounds, who did not. Here’s an example:

Changes in children’s Cognitive Self-Regulation

This Difference in Differences graph shows the additional progress that children who played with EasyPeasy made compared to their peers who did not. Original data can be found in Oxford's evaluation report.

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